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nations is used to defending her country's foreign policy decisions. now susan rice has broken her silence to defend herself. rice is considered a candidate for secretary of state. but she's faced scrutiny because of comments she made following the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. rice made a tv appearance immediately after the september 11 attack. she suggested protests in benghazi over a u.s.-made name mocked the prophet mohammed triggered the assault on the consulate. but investigators later determined it was likely a premeditated plot by extremists with links to al qaeda. the attackers killed the u.s. ambassador and three other americans. rice broke her silence wednesday in response to rising criticism from members of the republican party. >> i relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. i made clear that the information was preliminary. and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers. >> republican lawmakers are mounting a campaign against a possible plan by barack obama to nominate rice as secreta
cease-fire. u.s. ambassador susan rice spoke after a closed-door meeting, saying the security council must not do anything that could undermine egypt's mediation efforts. russian ambassador vitaly churkin offered a veiled criticism of the united states. >> some members -- one member of the security council, i'm sure you can guess which, indicated sort of quite transparently that they will not be prepared to go along with any reaction of the security council. >> u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon spoke after meeting in cairo with his counterpart on the arab league, nabil al arabi. >> my message is clear -- both sides must halt firing immediately. further escalating the situation will put the entire region at risk. >> ban will again call for a cease-fire when he visits israel. >>> three major countries in asia -- japan, china, and south korea -- have agreed to start talks for a free-trade agreement. they're putting aside territorial disputes between japan and the two ore nations. japan's trade minister, yukio edano, china's commerce incity, chen deming, and bark tae-ho met in phnom penh
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